Guest Hollow’s Language Arts is an engaging language arts curriculum that is designed to encourage and inspire students to love language arts. Our language arts curriculum contains customizable elements to make a great fit for all types of learners and approaches language arts subjects through diverse and colorful resources instead of a pile of boring workbooks.
We’ve been told over and over that students who previously did not enjoy writing and other language arts studies are now asking to do Guest Hollow Language Arts at the beginning of the day with enthusiasm and smiles!
No more melt-downs!
We are loving this LA program! My 10 year old has ADHD and it has been a struggle to get her to write ANYTHING the past few years. We backed off when the pandemic started in March and just picked back up with Guest Hollow in September. She is willingly writing (even on her own!) and enjoying it. My 7 year old would not even write a sentence by herself last year and now she’ll write a paragraph with confidence and doesn’t have a meltdown when I help her correct spelling & grammar. They both really love Beowulf as well!
Prerequisites: The ability to read and write at approximately a 2nd grade level Approximate Daily Time Commitment: 30 min. – 1.5 or 2 hours a day depending on the amount of activities and books chosen and the age of the student
Guest Hollow materials are downloadable/online. There are no physical copies.
We’ve scheduled in Beowulf’s Grammar as the grammar *spine for our language arts curriculum. *A spine book is used as the backbone of a study.
Beowulf’s Grammar must be purchased separately! Students LOVE Beowulf’s Grammar. We’ve never seen parents and students rave and gush about a grammar program as they do with Beowulf’s Grammar!
We’ve also scheduled in colorful and fun books, videos, songs, and more to help students relate to the concepts they are learning and to help build retention. Grammar has never been this fun!
The writing portion of this schedule is intended to be a fit for both reluctant and enthusiastic writers. We’ve had to teach both types of students during our 20+ years of homeschooling and have used our experiences to design a program that is gentle, and steers clear of the usual and more structured type of resources. We’ve put together a very relaxed year of writing with activities designed to take pressure off of students, and to instead slowly nurture a comfortable relationship with pen and paper! This year’s writing instruction can be tailored to a variety of ages and abilities.
Some writing topics covered this year:
Copywork and dictation
Story components (setting, characters, plot, conflict, etc.)
Writing a research report
Similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia
Writing and performing a puppet show
Handwriting also isn’t specifically scheduled, but it’s an optional component that can be added in easily. The scheduled copywork and dictation exercises are a good opportunity to practice handwriting!
Check out the resource list for our handwriting practice suggestion. Instructions for this addition are included in the schedule. A drawing book is added in to help students work on the fine motor skills necessary for good penmanship.
For spelling we’ve scheduled in a classic book that uses dictation and copywork as a teaching method instead of employing the busywork found in many other spelling programs. Don’t be fooled though, this is not just a spelling book! It’s an important component to this year’s writing and grammar instruction. While using this book your student will:
Learn spelling quickly and easily!
Be trained to picture sentences in his mind (via dictation exercises)
Build a greater attention span
Practice the mechanics of writing, grammar, and punctuation
Practice proper sentence structure and emulate quality writing
Have the opportunity to practice penmanship (optional)
Students will also get to play some fun spelling games!
This section of the schedule introduces students to poets, poetry, and memorization skills. Poetry is an often overlooked and important component to a language arts curriculum! We’ve included a few articles for you to read (linked in the schedule) to understand the life-long benefits of reading and memorizing poetry.
Students will learn vocabulary while learning Greek and Latin roots. When a student learns a root, he can more easily figure out the meanings of unfamiliar words. By learning just 3 roots a week, your students will be exposed to hundreds of new words without having to do a bunch of mind-numbing workbook exercises.
We’ve successfully used the scheduled vocabulary program with a variety of students – from an emerging reader still learning some phonics to high school teens.
Students will also learn how to play Rummy Roots, a favorite game of many homeschoolers!
Reading & Literature
Students are exposed to some terrific and memorable stories that your family will remember for years to come. Reading is approached through a method designed to get students to LOVE reading and to curl up with good books not because they have to, but because they want to!
Our program doesn’t cover phonics, but gives suggestions in the instructor’s guide and the resource list for those of you who have students who still need to cover some phonics instruction. Phonics can be easily added in with an additional 5-10 minutes a day.
Our program is so flexible! You can add or remove any of the components to make every facet of language arts work for your student(s)!
Does this curriculum come with _____________?
✘ books? No, you need to purchase the other scheduled language arts books separately. Learn more.
☑a printable book list? Yes. We provide a book list with a handy checklist to help you plan what you want to buy or borrow and in what format. We also let you know when each book is scheduled in, so you can arrange to check out books from the library before you need them!
☑a schedule? Yes. You get the same weekly schedule in 3 different formats: PDF, Microsoft Word, and online*. Just open it up and you are ready to learn!
*Access to the online version of the curriculum schedule is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed due to various potential circumstances on our end and yours including but not limited to various computer, device, and internet configurations.
✘a supply list? No. Supplies for this curriculum are things commonly found at home such as scissors, crayons, glue, etc.
✘a teacher’s manual? No. The language arts schedule is all you need! However, Beowulf’s Grammar (which is scheduled in for grammar instruction and purchased separately) does come with an optional teacher’s manual.
✘tests? No. There are no tests with this curriculum.
☑ a workbook? No. You must purchase Beowulf’s Grammar (which is scheduled in for grammar instruction) separately. You also get access to The Modern Speller for FREE via a link (but we don’t provide it via our website).
Gallery of Photos From Real Families Using Guest Hollow’s Language Arts:
Want to know how to use the Guest Hollow PDF Schedule or the editable Microsoft version of our schedule? Go here! (This page gives lots of insight as to how our schedules work!)
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F.A.Q. for Guest Hollow’s Homeschool Language Arts Schedule
This curriculum can be used for grades 2 through 6. This means you can teach multiple students at once without having to use (or pay for) multiple language arts programs!
Adapting the spelling program for your child’s level:
The Modern Speller (scheduled in for copywork, dictation, writing practice, and spelling) has different levels available for FREE.
Pick a section of the book you think matches your student’s ability and read some of the words out loud to him. Have him write the words down as you say them. When he starts misspelling more than a few, you’ve probably found where he should start in the book.
Working with younger or reluctant students
Younger students may need more direction and involvement from you. You may want to allow younger or reluctant writers to dictate some of their stories and writing assignments to you. You may also want to do more (or all) of the books as read-alouds. Additional ideas on how to use the curriculum with various types of learners are included at the beginning of the printable schedule.
You can keep your files forever, if you save your initial download!
Once you’ve downloaded the schedule to your computer or device, you are licensed to use the downloaded copy forever. Make sure you download, save, and back up your items immediately after your purchase! You can click directly on the links in the schedule from a computer or other device and can use your materials with younger students years later.
2 Years to Access Additional Downloads & the Online Schedule*
Additional downloads (after your initial purchase) and access to the online version of the schedule are provided as a courtesy and are not guaranteed due to various potential technical and business (and life!) circumstances. It is our intention to continue to provide access for a period of 2 years from the date of purchase. After the 2-year period, you will have the opportunity to repurchase your access at a substantial discount.
Please note, if you have problems, we have a liberal policy of providing extra, free access for unusual circumstances (at our discretion). Just contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Access to the online version of the curriculum schedules and additional downloads is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed due to potential various circumstances on our end and yours including but not limited to various computer, device, and internet configurations.
Yes, on a case-by-case basis depending on the amount of paperwork they require and the bureaucracy that needs to be navigated. 😉
No, you may NOT resell, share, or distribute any of Guest Hollow’s digital products (or printed out copies of our digital products) which includes but is not limited to schedules, workbooks, printables, and other materials.
Our materials are licensed for a single family’s use only. You may print out as many copies as you reasonably need for siblings or others living in your home.
No problem! Guest Hollow’s Language Arts Curriculum is so flexible! You can add or remove any of the components to make every facet of language arts work for your student(s)!
For example, if you have a spelling program you like better than The Modern Speller, just skip the Modern Speller assignments and plug in your spelling program instead. The same applies to the other language arts subjects and books.
Use what works best for you and mix-and-match as necessary or desired.
Guest Hollow’s Language Arts is designed to be used for one year, although some families use it over 2 years.
What do I use after finishing Guest Hollow’s Language Arts?
We plan on creating more levels of language arts in the future. In the meantime, we don’t have any specific recommendations for other language arts programs. Some customers have moved on to use resources such as:
We do not endorse any of the resources listed here. They are shared for informational purposes only.
We are Christians, but Guest Hollow’s Language Arts Curriculum is not intended to be a “Christian resource”. However, there may be infrequent (or what we consider to be) minor references or links to resources that mention Christian ideas, values, or sectarian topics even in our secular/non-religious/neutral curriculums.
If we schedule in a Christian book, we try to give you notice of such in the books and resources page.
Christians and non-Christians should preview the scheduled books and all other resources such as videos, etc. to make sure they are compatible with your beliefs, philosophies, and values.
After purchasing a curriculum, you’ll see that the item you just bought shows that it is discounted 50% in our store. The reason you are seeing this is because we give you the opportunity to repurchase the schedule and your downloads at a substantial discount before they expire (2 years from date of purchase).
Please note: You do NOT need to repurchase your schedule in order to use the files you originally purchased and downloaded. You can use your downloaded schedule forever and can click on the links just as you can the online version of the schedule. You just won’t have access to any updates after your online access expires.
Why does access expire? Every year we go through all our curriculum schedules and update broken links and/or replace books that have gone out of print. This is a very time-intensive process that keeps our curricula up-to-date. Your repurchase helps fund this process and provides you with a schedule that has all the new additions or changes.
You need to repurchase your access BEFORE it expires in order to get the 50% discount due to the way our “membership” software works. If for some reason you miss the deadline, let us know why. We may give you a coupon code for the 50% off at our discretion. ????
*It is our intention to provide access for a period of 2 years, however, access to the online version of the curriculum schedules and additional downloads is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed due to potential various circumstances on our end and yours including but not limited to various computer, device, and internet configurations.
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